Image: Meryl Alcabes

To me, being Jewish means being “in relationship.” It means staying connected to our texts, stories, God or some notion of transcendence, and each other. Yet doing so in spite of struggle or uncertainty. I often think of how Jacob received the name Israel and a blessing only after wrestling with the angel, and the way Rabbi Anson Laytner more recently described our heritage as one of continuous doubt, protest, and the willingness to live with perpetual questions. This plays out in the rest of my life through friendships, relationships, and work where I seek to stay present through disagreement and difference knowing that these are the moments that often lead to growth, beauty, and joy.

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